What we can offer

Tony’s speciality is rush seating, and his many years experience mean he can produce a rush seat that’s not only attractive, but also hard wearing and long lasting.

Tony’s recently worked on restoring Mackintosh furniture for the Glasgow School of Art and his work as a master craftsman is in high demand.

As well as using high quality rush from the River Thames, Tony can weave seats using danish cord or sea-grass.  

Each summer, with a band of helpers, they gather rushes from the River Thames. Once the rushes are dry any surplus is available for sale to other rush weavers.

Examples of Work

Rush Seating

Hand woven using methods unchanged since the seventeenth century. Our rushes are cut each year from the river Thames. Green when new, the seat mellows to the warm biscuit shade most commonly associated with rush seats.

Open Weave Cane Panels

Many modern cane chairs are seated this way.

Sea-grass Seating

This tough material is mainly used for footstools.

Danish Cord Seating

Hand woven on mostly modern chair frames.

Media and Press Cuttings

Over the years Tony’s skills have been shown on local and national television. Programmes have included “Better the New”, “Heart of the Country”, “Collector’s Lot”, – as well as appearances on breakfast TV and local news.

Tony recently featured on this well received book, “The Book of Forgotten Crafts”

Feature articles have appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, magazines and the local press.

Rushcutting

During each summer, freshwater rushes are collected from the upper reaches of the River Thames and dried prior to use.

Contact us

1 Lakeside

East Lockinge

Nr Wantage

OXON

OX12 8QG

UK

01235 833362

07768 591722

tonyhandley1@tiscali.co.uk